Mcdon­ald out for AFL sea­son

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Eden­hope foot­ball ex­port Tom Mcdon­ald’s AFL sea­son ap­pears over af­ter he tore his menis­cus play­ing for Mel­bourne in Sunday’s five-point win against Carl­ton.

Mcdon­ald had been in the midst of his best game this sea­son, kick­ing six goals against the Blues be­fore hurt­ing his knee in the third quar­ter.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view Mcdon­ald said he would re­quire knee surgery, but did not be­lieve the in­jury was too se­ri­ous.

“The good news is I haven’t done an ACL or any­thing too se­vere, but I’ve got a lit­tle menis­cus tear,” he said. “I’ll see a sur­geon, it prob­a­bly will re­quire some surgery.

“It might be tough to be back play­ing this year, but it could be a lot worse.”

Mcdon­ald will be side­lined for the rest of the sea­son, but sev­eral other play­ers con­tinue to rep­re­sent the Wim­mera at AFL level.

Hor­sham’s Jake Lloyd is repli­cat­ing the form that saw him nom­i­nated for last year’s All Aus­tralian squad, aver­ag­ing more than 30 dis­pos­als a game for the Syd­ney Swans.

Lloyd’s for­mer Hor­sham team­mate, Se­bas­tian Ross, is also in a rich vein of form for St Kilda.

The Saints’ 2017 best and fairest is aver­ag­ing about 26 touches and 4.4 clear­ances a game.

For­mer Hor­sham Saint Jar­rod Berry is en­joy­ing the best sea­son of his young ca­reer, col­lect­ing nearly 20 dis­pos­als a game for the top-four Bris­bane Li­ons and Darcy Tucker is also aver­ag­ing 20 dis­pos­als for Fre­man­tle.

Mcdon­ald’s brother Os­car also plays for Mel­bourne but has not made a se­nior level ap­pear­ance since a round-11 loss to Ade­laide.

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